Best Choice guides help parents find the best options for their children if they are struggling academically, socially, behaviorally or otherwise. – boarding high schools and schools for troubled youth.

Our Guides

Best Choice guides help parents and guardians find the best options for their children if they are struggling academically, socially, behaviorally or otherwise. We have a real understanding of the challenges our youth face today and have developed a very sincere and genuine passion for helping both children and their parents. We have worked within such programs and we visit them regularly.

It is through our firsthand experiences and involvement in these schools that we remain dedicated to the ever growing need for boarding school and therapeutic programs. We listen to the parents and assess their child’s behaviors, grades and needs. There are so many different options available today it can become overwhelming for parents, which is why we are here to help! We understand their need to narrow down the abundance of choices.

When parents call us; we will listen, assess, direct and assist. We will spend as much as time as necessary answering a parent’s questions and giving them as much information as needed in order for them to have complete peace of mind during this process. We know how difficult this situation can be, especially for teens who have been expelled or have other behavioral or academic problems. Our knowledge, experience and understanding is the key to matching a child’s needs to exactly the right program or school. Finding a place that offers the proper academics, treatment (if needed), location, cost and length of stay can be solved with one simple phone call from parents, instead of dozens and dozens.

Meet Our Placement Guides

scott-largeScott Smith — Director
After working within a leading residential program for nearly a decade as Admissions Director, Scott Smith is uniquely qualified to help parents understand and deal with a variety of placement and financing challenges. He has helped place students in appropriate programs across America and in Mexico. Scott is excited and honored to be able to work with parents to find the right program the first time, and within the family’s budget.
tara-akersTara Akers — Placement Specialist
Tara Akers has over a decade of experience helping fill schools and programs for struggling adolescents. She most recently worked as the Admissions Director of a large midwestern boarding school. Before that she was employed by a firm that provided consulting and marketing services for various schools throughout the nation. She enjoys helping parents find the right program for their troubled teen.
kaitlyn freyKaitlyn Frey — Placement Specialist
Kaitlyn worked at a boarding school for troubled teens for several years, answering admissions calls for the school. She loves giving parents hope that there is something out there that can offer help, no matter the situation!
robin-goodeRobin Goode — Placement Specialist
Robin has for more than a decade been helping parents find the right programs and schools. After personally experiencing the confusion and pain of her own son getting in trouble as a teenager, Robin has been drawn to helping families find the appropriate school or program to help their teenager. Her personal mission is to never give up on a family; assuring that they find an affordable appropriate program or school for their child.
jackieJacquiline “Jackie” Rarrick — Placement Assistant
Jackie Rarrick taught, tutored and counseled teens at a girls boarding school then was the secretary and receptionist for a boys boarding school. She is also a photographer. She enjoys talking to parents and guardians on the phone to set up appointments with our Placement Specialists.
dianDian Humphreys-Dian — Placement Assistant
Dian Humphreys-Dian has worked in the education field for a decade, inclduing working at an all-boys therapeutic boarding schoolas the lead Admissions Adviser and the College Transition Adviser. Dian and her husband, Chuck have a blended family of five children and one gradnchild.
jenniferJennifer Del-Giudice — Placement Assistant
Jennifer has worked with therapeutic boarding schools for many years and is an expert at helping parents find the right one. She also founded a therapeutic boarding school for girls in Orlando, Florida in 2017, called Providence Pass.
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Disclaimer

NON-REFERRAL: Any advice by Best Choice Network LLC (”BCN") representatives is not intended to be used as a professional referral or expert recommendation of a medical, behavioral health, or educational professional. BCN is not licensed to provide medical, psychological or educational advice. You should consider seeking advice from a licensed professional before making any decision in relation to the placement of a child in a residential program. BCN is a Missouri-based corporation that assists in the marketing of residential programs and holds a marketing agreement with the entities it recommends, from which it also receives compensation instead of charging individuals for its services. BCN is indemnified by each entity and is not responsible for, nor has any control over, the actions of the entities with which BCN is a contracted agent.

Best Choice Network is committed to providing information that is accurate, up-to-date and comprehensive, but it relies on the claims and information provided by the programs it mentions. Best Choice Network LLC assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information we relay from the respective programs, and no liability resulting from errors or omissions or changes that have taken place at any institution that we may display or mention. Best Choice Network is a 3rd party information provider. Inclusion of an institution on the Best Choice Network website or via any other electronic means of phone call does not constitute implicit endorsement or guarantees of the respective institution's products or services. Those who accept or rely on our information must understand that no program or institution is effective in helping 100% of the students it enrolls. Most of the institutions in this industry and many who are listed on our website or who are mentioned in our electronic communications or phone communications are not regulated by the federal government, and some may not be subject to state licensing or monitoring as mental health or educational facilities. Best Choice Network and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) caution that before you enroll a youngster in a private residential treatment program or any institution or service that we mention, be sure to check it out yourself: ask questions; ask for proof or support for claims about staff credentials, program licensing or accreditation, and endorsements; do a site visit; and get all policies and promises in writing.

Should you need help finding teen challenge for girls, or therapeutic boarding schools, please let us know.